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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update – “We’re Sorry”

March 19, 2010 by News

Canon Issues Fix for Audio Problems in 5D Mk II Firmware

Version 2.0.4 available for immediate download.. Never ceases to amaze me that companies release this stuff into the wild and then f&*^* it up like this…

We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience caused to our customers by suspending the availability of the Version 2.0.3 firmware.

We are now introducing the Version 2.0.4 firmware. This firmware corrects the malfunction that occurred in the previous Version 2.0.3 firmware, in which the manual recording level changed and made recording impossible.

Customers who have the Version 2.0.3 firmware on their cameras should update the firmware to Version 2.0.4.

[From Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update]

UPDATE! Don’t install the new 5D firmware! (oh, and win a new 1D Mk IV)

March 18, 2010 by News

Canon 5D Mk III firmware goes to 2.0.4 on Japanese web-site – US coming soon?

New tweet from Scott (originally from @MartingBailey) suggesting that the fixed version of the firmware (2.0.4) is already on the Japanese web site…  

Scott Bourne is reporting via twitter that ” If you haven’t installed EOS 5D Mark II firmware v2.0.3 don’t. There is a bug w/audio. Canon is fixing and will provide new update soon.”SBourne019twitter.jpg

Oh, and he’s giving away a Mk IV too…

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Deadline for Short Films Contest Extended ( Films Shot With Canon VDSLR Cameras Only)

March 18, 2010 by Short Film

Can-Do Film Festival and Competition deadline extended to April 20th

logo.png There is a big contest for movies under 4 minutes “shot using ONLY the Canon EOS HD enabled DSLRs – eligible current models are: EOS 1D Mk IV, EOS 5D Mk II, EOS 7D, EOS Rebel T1i” and they have just decided to give everyone more time to complete the “assignment”
See the details at their web-site – prizes are Canon cameras and Zeiss lenses. Check it out!
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WWW.5D.CANNON coming soon to a url near you? – Canon poised to become one of the first companies to obtain a custom top-level domain

March 17, 2010 by News

Canon to begin acquisition of the “.canon” Top-Level Domain name

TOKYO, March 16, 2010—Canon Inc. announced today that it will begin the acquisition process for the top-level domain name “.canon,” based on the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) registration system.

The non-profit organization ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which maintains and regulates the Internet’s addressing system, has rigorously evaluated the current gTLD string of characters’ societal value, utilization purpose, and use in an organization’s operations. At its International Public Meeting held in June 2008, however, ICANN approved the relaxation and liberalization of the new gTLD system adoption rules. Following this meeting, a number of disputes arose surrounding whether the entry procedures were fair and adequate, and it was expected that the new gTLD system would commence registration application within 2010 at the earliest. The new gTLD system is expected to allow a company name, brand name, geographic region, or service type to be used as a gTLD within website and e-mail addresses. (continued…)

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware update featureing 24P available for download immediately

March 16, 2010 by News

Canon 5D Mk II Firmware now available here

DD0BD88F-F0E3-4270-8F02-04AD3F960352.jpegVersion 2.0.3 of the Canon 5D Mk II firmware is on the Canon site at the link above with a whole slew of new features that were previously reported by us so I won’t go into them again. The big story is, of course, the 24 FPS addition to the frame rate so that movie makers can now get video that will output to film without frame rate conversion. There is a repeat of the Electronista announcement after the “more”.
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Canon Digital Learning Center – Introducing EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro

March 5, 2010 by News, Tips And Tricks

I know, I know – this is an old announcement but I randomly discovered this page on the Canon USA web-site with a lot more information about what, exactly, the plug-in is going to do.

I’m only going to put the first couple of paragraphs of the post here – read the whole thing on the Canon web site – but there are a few key features that I’d like to point out:


  • -Time Code is added to the clips
  • Automatic transcoding from Canon’s H.264 to ProRes (various flavors)
  • Up to 3X Faster transcoding than Compressor
  • Ability to transcode only portions of a clip
  • DMG archiving or memory cards
  • Compatible with: 1D-Mk IV, 5D Mk II and 7D (Rebel support coming soon)

There is a full workflow example on the Canon page
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